Hard Times By Charles Dickens

Hard Times By Charles Dickens

Sinopse

The shortest novel by far of Charles Dickens', Hard Times is also one of his most idea based works. In it, he launches a scathing attack on the prevailing fashion of believing in Utilitarianism, a philosophy that proposed the goal of society should be the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Dickens felt that such a philosophy saw people as mere statistics and not as individuals.

The novel was published in serial form in his magazine Household Words. It is also the only novel where London is not featured. Set mainly in the fictional industrial town of Coketown, the book is divided into three sections Sowing, Reaping and Garnering.

It tells the story of a wealthy, retired industrialist, Thomas Gradgrind. His two children are brought up according to strict Utilitarian principles and their teaching is completely devoid of imagination and compassion. When the elder Gradgrind takes in an orphan called Sissy, events are set to take a turn. The Gradgrind children are completely under their father's control. As they grow, the son becomes a dissolute wastrel, while the daughter is compelled to marry a man thirty years her senior. How the Gradgrinds resolve these issues and how they begin to understand the true value of human life makes up the rest of the story.

Filled with memorable characters, as are all Dickens' novels, Hard Times is also the writer's attempt to reveal the dark side of the Industrial Revolution. Dickens was also trying to show that morality and wealth do not necessarily coexist. The overwhelming obsession with scientific temper, the worship of facts, the practical and materialistic ethos that was pervading the country in the Victorian era at the cost of all that was imaginative, humane and spiritual are other things that the writer was deeply concerned with.

Hard Times besides being Dickens' shortest work, is devoid of a preface and illustrations unlike all his other books. As a social protest novel, Hard Times also reflects the rapidly changing nature of society in Victorian England. The rise of a newly rich class, arrogant in their power to purchase anything and everything, completely devoid of social graces and the right pedigree was a phenomenon that bewildered many of the older generation. The world was also undergoing great periods of political unrest. Europe was changing and so was America which was then in the grip of the Civl War. Set against this background, Hard Times is a vivid portrayal of the era.

Tinged with dark humour and satire, this is indeed a great read for young and old readers!

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Episódios

  • 01 - Book 1, Chapter 01, The One Thing Needful

    Duração: 04min

    | 25/10/2017
  • 02 - Book 1, Chapter 02, Murdering the Innocents

    Duração: 15min

    | 24/10/2017
  • 03 - Book 1, Chapter 03, A Loophole

    Duração: 13min

    | 23/10/2017
  • 04 - Book 1, Chapter 04, Mr. Bounderby

    Duração: 18min

    | 22/10/2017
  • 05 - Book 1, Chapter 05, The Keynote

    Duração: 14min

    | 21/10/2017
  • 06 - Book 1, Chapter 06, Sleary's Horsemanship

    Duração: 33min

    | 20/10/2017
  • 07 - Book 1, Chapter 07, Mrs. Sparsit

    Duração: 16min

    | 19/10/2017
  • 08 - Book 1, Chapter 08, Never Wonder

    Duração: 13min

    | 18/10/2017
  • 09 - Book 1, Chapter 09, Sissy's Progress

    Duração: 16min

    | 17/10/2017
  • 10 - Book 1, Chapter 10, Stephen Blackpool

    Duração: 13min

    | 16/10/2017
  • 11 - Book 1, Chapter 11, No Way Out

    Duração: 17min

    | 15/10/2017
  • 12 - Book 1, Chapter 12, The Old Woman

    Duração: 13min

    | 14/10/2017
  • 13 - Book 1, Chapter 13, Rachael

    Duração: 20min

    | 13/10/2017
  • 14 - Book 1, Chapter 14, The Great Manufacturer

    Duração: 12min

    | 12/10/2017
  • 15 - Book 1, Chapter 15, Father and Daughter

    Duração: 19min

    | 11/10/2017
  • 16 - Book 1, Chapter 16, Husband and Wife

    Duração: 15min

    | 10/10/2017
  • 17 - Book 2, Chapter 01, Effects in the Bank

    Duração: 34min

    | 09/10/2017
  • 18 - Book 2, Chapter 02, Mr. James Harthouse

    Duração: 21min

    | 08/10/2017
  • 19 - Book 2, Chapter 03, The Whelp

    Duração: 12min

    | 07/10/2017
  • 20 - Book 2, Chapter 04, Men and Brothers

    Duração: 21min

    | 06/10/2017
  • 21 - Book 2, Chapter 05, Men and Masters

    Duração: 16min

    | 05/10/2017
  • 22 - Book 2, Chapter 06, Fading Away

    Duração: 30min

    | 04/10/2017
  • 23 - Book 2, Chapter 07, Gunpowder

    Duração: 31min

    | 03/10/2017
  • 24 - Book 2, Chapter 08, Explosion

    Duração: 32min

    | 02/10/2017
  • 25 - Book 2, Chapter 09, Hearing the Last of It

    Duração: 21min

    | 01/10/2017
  • 26 - Book 2, Chapter 10, Mrs. Sparsit's Staircase

    Duração: 11min

    | 30/09/2017
  • 27 - Book 2, Chapter 11, Lower and Lower

    Duração: 23min

    | 29/09/2017
  • 28 - Book 2, Chapter 12, Down

    Duração: 10min

    | 28/09/2017
  • 29 - Book 3, Chapter 01, Another Thing Needful

    Duração: 15min

    | 27/09/2017
  • 30 - Book 3, Chapter 02, Very Ridiculous

    Duração: 22min

    | 26/09/2017
  • 31 - Book 3, Chapter 03, Very Decided

    Duração: 21min

    | 25/09/2017
  • 32 - Book 3, Chapter 04, Lost

    Duração: 24min

    | 24/09/2017
  • 33 - Book 3, Chapter 05, Found

    Duração: 23min

    | 23/09/2017
  • 34 - Book 3, Chapter 06, The Starlight

    Duração: 26min

    | 22/09/2017
  • 35 - Book 3, Chapter 07, Whelp-Hunting

    Duração: 29min

    | 21/09/2017
  • 36 - Book 3, Chapter 08, Philosophical

    Duração: 16min

    | 20/09/2017
  • 37 - Book 3, Chapter 09, Final

    Duração: 13min

    | 19/09/2017